Press Conferences: (2) South Dakota | (7) North Dakota State
Score: No. 2 seed, No. 25 South Dakota 74, No. 7 seed North Dakota State 51
Records: South Dakota (27-4), North Dakota State (7-22)
Location: Denny Sanford PREMIER Center - Sioux Falls, S.D.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Much like South Dakota State did in the first game of the day, No. 2 seed South Dakota won the opening tip of Saturday's second Summit League quarterfinal game, and turned it into a quick 3-point lead on a triple from Allison Arens from the left corner. The bucket staked the Coyotes to an early lead that they would never relinquish in a 74-51 win over No. 7 seed North Dakota State.
Trailing 24-11 early in the second quarter, Sofija Zivaljevic hit a 3-pointer for the Bison to cut the lead back to 10 points, but the Coyotes came back later in the frame with a 9-0 run, which turned into a 17-2 to end the half, as USD outscored NDSU 19-5 in the second quarter to take a commanding 41-17 lead into the locker room.
A Taylor Frederick layup to open the third quarter pushed the Coyote run to 19-2, but the Bison hung tough in the quarter, piecing together a few short runs to keep the lead from growing, but not enough though, as South Dakota kept pace, and even though the Bison outscored the Coyotes 20-17 in the fourth quarter, USD still rolled to the win.
Hannah Sjerven led four Coyotes in double figures, and tied for game-high honors, with 20 points off the bench. Arens added 18 points, Ciara Duffy 11 and Chloe Lamb 10 points in the win.
The only Bison in double figures, Emily Dietz tied Sjerven with a game-high 20 points.
South Dakota moves on to face either No. 3 seed Denver or No. 6 seed North Dakota in the semifinals on Monday at 2:30 p.m.
- When the Bison cut the Coyote lead to 24-14 with the 3-pointer 30 seconds into the second quarter, it looked like they might climb back into the game, but USD fired right back with a 17-2 run to end the half with an insurmountable 25-point lead.
Inside the Box Score
- North Dakota State committed a season-high 24 turnovers, resulting in 22 Coyote points.
- NDSU scored nine points off 11 USD turnovers
- USD played 13 players in the game, compared to eight for NDSU, and the Coyoted bench outscored the Bison bench, 28-10
- Dietz scored at least 20 points in a game for the second time this season, and in her career
- Sjerven scored at least 20 points in a game for the sixth time this season, and in her career
News & Notes
- The Coyotes entered the game ranked No. 25 in the latest USA Today Coaches Poll
- South Dakota Improves to 12-5 all-time in the tournament, with a 6-1 mark in the quarterfinals
- North Dakota State falls to 1-10 all-time in the tournament, with a 1-9 mark in the quarterfinals
- USD entered the tournament as a two seed for the first time in its seven-year tournament history
- The Coyotes beat the Bison, 73-53, in their first-ever tournament game in 2013, the only meeting between these teams in the tournament
- NDSU also won its first-ever tournament game, 46-43 over Western Illinois in 2009
- USD posted a margin of victory of at least 20 points for the 13th time this season
- Session attendance: 7,137